Patricia Rottino Cummins/Biography
Patricia Rottino Cummins exhibited her first pastel and oil paintings at the age of twelve, while studying art with Robert Barrell, a contemporary of George Bridgeman and others from The Art Students League of New York City. Continuing her adult studies at The City University of New York, she received a B.A. in Art Education from Queens College. In 1976, she relocated to Miami, where she attended Florida International University, receiving a M.S. in Art Education in 1979.
Pat has been a fine arts instructor for Miami-Dade Public Schools for thiry-six. For thirteen of those years, she was an adjunct professor for Barry University’s Adrian School of Education. She was awarded specialist status from MDCPS as a result of her continuous postgraduate studies.She was awarded Elementary Art Educator of the Year 2015 by the Florida Art Education Association and Dade Art Educators Association 2015 Retiree Award. She has been resident artist, and maintained a studio at ArtSouth, in Homestead, Florida for over ten years.
Her work has been exhibited in Florida at The Coral Gables Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Lowe Art Museum, Consulado General de Colombia, Coral Gables, F.I.U, Homestead City Hall, Broward College, Miami Dade College, and Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Epcot Center International Flower and Garden Festival, as well as across the country at various National Parks. Her work has also been exhibited internationally at Centre pour l’Art et la Culture, Aix-en-Provence, France,Tyrone Guthrie Center Annmakkering , Ireland, and Castel Del Piano, Tuscany. As an art educator she was awarded a Miami-Dade Public Schools Title V Innovative Teacher Grant, and was also awarded a Learning and Leadership Grant by the National Education Association Foundation to study art in China in 2006. Two Artist Enhancement Grants were awarded to her by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs to assist her with her travels and National Park residencies. Last summer The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded her a grant to study Archaeology at Crow Canyon, in Cortez Colorado. She was awarded a residency in 2011 at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, in Manasota Key , Florida. She is featured on the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden website video because of her active participation in The Fairchild Challenge, fostering her students interest in environmental studies. This March she will participate in her seventh exhibition at Art in the Garden Weekend, at Epcot Center, Walt Disney World.
Solo exhibitions and acquisitions include prestigious venues such as the Florida State Capitol Gallery, the Governor's Cabinet Meeting Room, Broward College, twelve National Parks and at Broward and Miami Dade Colleges, Biscayne Nature Center and Fairchild Garden. Her work has been highlighted in many Art in Public Places programs including Hollywood City Hall, Boca Raton City Hall, Homestead City Hall, Marathon Government Center and Key West’s historic Gato Building. In 2010 the State of Florida Art in Public Buildings purchased her work. It is also included in private collections, such as Miami Dade College and Landstar Development Corporation. Three of her paintings are part of the State of Florida Art Collection.
Pat enjoys traveling and has painted on location in China, France, Italy, Ireland and Central America, as well as at home camping at various Florida State Parks. Landscape is her frequent inspiration, causing her to create plein air oil and pastel paintings while observing and rendering nature’s intricate color, form and natural beauty.
Her latest international venue was an invitation to participate in a summer 2012 residency at the prestigious Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland. Summer of 2014 she served her eleventh residency at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. Summer 2016 she will travel to Wyoming and serve a residency at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation area, making it an even dozen of National Park residencies. Her National Park paintings created at Big Cypress and Kenilworth are currently displayed at the American Embassy in Niamey, Africa, loaned to The Department of State Art in Embassies Program for three years.